Mining

What we do

Our goal is to help our clients deliver more mineral at the lowest effective unit cost, which will ultimately deliver the highest value from their investments. We do this by working across the mining value chain helping companies to:

  • Create strategies that will yield the highest value from their portfolios
  • Secure a steady stream of high-quality assets and forecast supply and demand to put in place the right processing and logistical infrastructure
  • Ensure mines deliver the highest output at the lowest unit cost using Bain's proven performance improvement tools to identify full potential from existing assets and the overall portfolio
  • Implement identified full potential and create a culture of continuous improvement that ensures sustainability after the Bain engagement

We also work closely alongside senior management to put in place the critical enabling processes such as organization, the role of the center and leadership supply. Our consultants tailor proven analytic methods–full potential analysis, six sigma, delay reduction—to the unique needs of each mining client. Bain brings a practical, results-driven approach to the no-nonsense world of mining.

Our perspective

Mining is experiencing a renaissance. Rising prices for precious and base metals have translated into sustained growth and profit increases for mining companies. The current boom has also attracted billions of dollars of investment, resulting in high levels of M&A activity.

Behind the eye-catching earnings, mining is becoming increasingly complex:

  • Securing access to high-quality assets is more challenging than ever and requires an ability to work effectively with governments, communities and joint venture partners, as well as geological, technical and commercial experts.
  • Huge project portfolios and cap-ex budgets demand rigorous strategic planning, yet uncertain future prices mean that ultimately companies must place some large bets.
  • New projects tend to be situated in far-flung locations, from the northern Arctic to 5,000 meters up in the mountains of Chile. Mining skills are scarce and getting good people to operate existing mines and develop new projects is difficult enough. Managing them to deliver the promised value from Melbourne, Toronto or London is becoming a major issue for the industry.
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